2018 Syrah, Fox Family Vineyard
Vineyards and Composition: 100% Fox Family Vineyard Syrah; Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County.
Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-two months in two and three year old French oak barrels (Sirugue and Meyrieux).
Production: 100 cases made
Winemaking: The Syrah grapes for this wine are grown on a steep, high-density planting on a rocky hillside of the Fox Family Vineyard in the hills of Los Olivos. This tiny vineyard is planted to the Syrah clones 470 and 383, originally sourced from the Northern Rhone Valley of France, and farmed entirely by hand. These grapes are hand harvested early in the morning while cold, hand sorted, partially destemmed without being crushed, leaving approximately 90% whole berries and 20% whole-cluster, into two 1 ton open top fermentors. The must was cold-soaked for five days, with the addition of dry-ice, prior to inoculation and punched down by hand one to three times per day until fermentation was complete. The free run juice was drained off and the remaining must was basket pressed and settled before being racked to French oak barrels for aging. This wine was aged in barrel for twenty-two months prior to being racked from barrel and bottled in late August of 2020. This wine shows beautiful aromas of red plum, blackberry and boysenberry with blue fruits such as blueberry highlighted with smooth chocolate and baking spices.
Bottle Aging: This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for an additional 10+ years with proper storage.
Retail Price: $55 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $44 per bottle
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